Archive | September, 2009

Pouring concrete in New Orleans

30 Sep

New Orleans in September isn’t much different from New Orleans in August…hot and humid. But after a solid week of sunup to sundown mind work it felt good to do some physical labor.

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Ben’s first shot at creative media

15 Sep

Happy Independence Day, Costa Rican Style!

15 Sep

Tomorrow is the day our Costa Rican brothers and sisters will celebrate Independence Day! Anna wanted to be the first to celebrate, so we finally found her appropriate attire!

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15 Sep

We are very glad Keri has a wonderful roomate at Wheaton. She and Meagan are very similar in their outlook on life and have enjoyed making their room beautiful. Cold weather hasn’t yet hit, but it’s coming soon. Meanwhile, big brother is keeping an eye out for his sister and mom and dad are praying for them both!

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The Beginning of an Adventure….9/11/01

11 Sep

     I remember the television images of 9/11, the household events of that day, and the eventual call by then President Bush to service( not just those in the military, but everyday Americans). That day was a pivotal day as I sat on a comfortable couch, recalled our year in Pakistan, and realized that, after returning from overseas in 1991, we had accumulated material possessions, dug in roots( a wonderful thing)in the beautiful Southeast, and lived a comfortable American lifestyle.


I began  praying that God would use me, a  homeschooling mom,  a nurse, a woman in some way to redeem human suffering in the world. He answered. I explained to my children, as best I could, what was happening many miles away, and we had a fundraiser for the Red Cross on our driveway, and thought we had helped, a little.


We became foster parents and loved on infants whose mothers gave them life as they awaited their permanent placements. Our family served together, and learned to love unconditionally, deeply, and sometimes wept as those we loved went to less than optimal situations.


We then adopted, and grew our family in a marvelous way, and taught our children that God made us all in His image. But we still lived the American dream, moved to a bigger house, and dug those roots in deeper.


God knew what He was doing. He was using our everyday lives to prepare us for what lay ahead.  Graduate school and homeschooling while taking 24 hour call? Surely not at this time in my life….you guessed it. It was part of the plan, and I was blessed to welcome 43 new babies into the world, to empower women in one of the most intimate experiences in their life, and to personalize each one with a pink or blue birthday cake. But not being able to fully communicate with all of my clients in the same way was frustrating, and left me a little disappointed. Was it possible to cross those language and cultural barriers?


And now, as I sit in a foreign country, having faced those first days wondering if I would ever be able to greet someone correctly in another language would be possible, I realize yes, it is.  It is not about perfection, it is able stepping forth and using what God has entrusted to me today. Using my time, my gifting, my life intentionally today. Sure, days happen when I lose that intentionality, and try to do too many things, without focus, and purpose. Monday was one of those days. Try putting a beautiful electric tea kettle with a molded plastic bottom on the glowing eye of an electric stove while making different breakfasts for each member of your household. You get billows of acrid smoke and a reminder to live life with intentionality.  





Master cardboard destroyers

7 Sep

Twenty-two new whiteboards, plus two 16 foot ones that had been donated two years previously and no one had been able to move them upstairs. The first meeting of our Latin America Holistic Ministry team took place in New Orleans and we set aside a day for team-building by enjoying the refreshing climate of New Orleans in August. The team took on two projects, one taping and mudding a house and one helping a school in one of the poorest areas of the city. Cathi and one of our newest missionaries, Sue Jenkins, found a creative way to move these huge boxes that once covered the whiteboards.

Our new team is spread across three Latin American countries and will focus on initiatives that reach the unchurched in ways that touch physical, spiritual and emotional needs. Their ministries include counseling, construction, micro-enterprise, medical, ESL and other means to show the love of Christ in the context of local churches. We are excited to see this ministry grow into a model for multiplying healthy churches in Latin America. Please pray for a God-provided leader for this team who will take it to new levels of outreach.

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A big little brother

3 Sep

Ben has grown quickly this year, and in our short time with Matthew, we did a little foot size comparison.Ben  is still shorter, but if the size of his foot is any indication, it won’t be long before he outgrows his big brother and dad.

Oh, in case you wondered, he’s a size 12.5 with a 4E width. And no, we can no longer find shoes in Costa Rica for the boy.

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